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(07-06-2009, 07:43 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote: [ -> ]It doesn't follow, though, that:

rbjmartin Wrote:After all, we're the only ones with the moral depravity to have justified actually using them, and that makes us one of the worst threats to peace in the world.

If the Japanese, the Russians, the Germans or the Chinese had the a-bomb in WWII, they would have certainly used them more than twice. Hitler, Tojo, Stalin, Mao and most of their countrymen would have been more than happy to see their enemies entirely wiped off the face of the earth. We have the benefit of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at least being an extremely controversial point in our history. We peacefully reconstructed Japan under MacArthur, rather than gunning down every last "gook" when we had the chance. The Russians and Japanese still habitually justify or deny the gulags, death marches, Nanking, etc.

I see your point, but it remains that, at the very minimum, our military actions were just as depraved as those of any of our enemies, and we have done our share of justifying the murder of civilians in WWII as well as in Korea, Vietnam, and just about every war thereafter.  Men do awful things in war, things far worse than they would ever normally consider doing in peacetime, and unless both leaders and soldiers alike are tempered by supernatural virtue, then the inescapable result will be crimes against God and humanity.  Unfortunately, we have never fielded an army (at least in this century) that is primarily composed of such leaders and soldiers.

As a minor aside, I would also like to point out that Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not really very controversial in mainstream American culture.  Most Americans readily eat up the state propaganda that it was necessary to save American lives, and we accept the slaughter of tens of thousands of civilians without the least consideration of the massive suffering we caused.  This hardness of heart remains consistent in our consideration of so-called collateral damage in our modern wars, because we continue to blindly accept what we are fed by military propagandists who want us to accept that most un-Christian concept, the necessary evil.  To question the use of the bombs or any military action commonly leads to one being labeled a hippie or pacifist.  So I would say that there is not an intellectually healthy level of controversy when it comes to military decisions made by the United States government.
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